Roberto Martinez can't fix Everton's defensive weakness

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Things are not well at Goodison Park.

The fans have been calling their manager to get the sack for quite a few weeks now and Tuesday's derby day thrashing at the hands of Liverpool has seen Everton's woeful season hit a new low.

Since guiding Everton to fifth place with a record points total in his first season at the club, it has all been downhill for Roberto Martinez.


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Everton currently lie 11th in the table with 41 points - the same total as newly promoted sides Bournemouth and Watford. For a club with aspirations of playing in Europe, this season has definitely not gone to plan.

One of the major reasons of fans' dissent is that they realise that Everton's current squad is probably the best they've had in a decade.

The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are young, exciting players who would walk into most teams around Europe. With experienced stalwarts like Gareth Barry and Leighton Baines, the Toffees arguably have the perfect blend of experience and youth; yet the results haven't been able to match the high expectations.

The problems at Everton seem to run deep

The club have managed just nine league wins this season and are closer to the bottom three than the top four.

One of the major criticisms of Martinez's managerial style - not just at Everton - is that his sides fail to keep the goals out.

On paper, in John Stones and Phil Jagielka, Everton arguably have one of the finest centre-back partnerships in the league, but in reality, they seem to be one of the worst. Everton have conceded 48 goals this season - a record only better than five other teams.

With no wins in six, the wheels are coming off of Everton just when it matters the most.

This disastrous run of form may see some of their young stars move to pastures new and could leave Roberto Martinez without a job by the end of the season.

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Aaron Lennon
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